Museum means facts, trivia, exhibits not to be touched, silence, order, boredom… NOT! Museo Pambata revolutionizes the traditional face of a museum by providing interactive, free-to-touch exhibits for children. No stern security guard will ever reprimand your children when they play with the exhibits at Museo Pambata. In fact, children are encouraged to use their hands and imagination to learn as they play and have fun at this children’s museum in Manila.
Museo Pambata was established in 1994 with eight theme rooms, namely Kalikasan (Environment and Under the Sea), Old Manila, Career Options, I Love My Planet Earth, My Body Works, Pamilihang Bayan (Marketplace), Global Village and Karapatan Hall (Rights of a Child).
Inspire your kids to take care of Mother Nature by taking them to Kalikasan theme room where there is a rainforest model, a coastal area exhibit and an herbal garden.
Time-travel with your kids to Old Manila where they will see, among others, a Spanish Galleon, a miniature cathedral, a calesa (a carriage or chariot) and an old typewriter.
It’s never too early to expose the kids to what they might want to be in the future at Career Options. Who wants to be a writer? Or an illustrator? Visit Career Options and find out more.
Remind your kids that taking care of Mother Earth is our responsibility. I Love My Planet Earth talks about climate change and what we can do to help.
Are your kids curious about what goes on beyond the surface of their body? Take them to My Body Works where they will see a huge human heart model, a tunnel that resembles human intestines and other organs that make up the human body. (My Body Works is under renovation as of this time.)
Pretend play at Pamilihang Bayan where your kids can act like fruit, vegetable, meat and rice vendors, bakers, sari-sari store (convenience store) and carinderia (eatery) owners, barbers and shoemakers.
Expose the kids to other cultures at Global Village and teach them their rights at Karapatan Hall.
There are many things that you and your kids can do at Museo Pambata. This children’s museum has something for kids of all ages. Zuri just turned three years old when we visited Museo Pambata, so naturally, she couldn’t absorb everything yet. But she still had lots of fun touching and climbing on the exhibits and role-playing. 🙂
Below is our experience at Museo Pambata.
Daddy Rupert, Zuri and I trooped to Museo Pambata last year (2014) for Mother’s Day. Two of my first thoughts upon entering the museum were: 1. Thank God their air conditioner is good. AND 2. Good thing there were only a few other visitors. Zuri could easily have her turn to try the exhibits she would fancy.
The first thing that greeted us was this Spanish Galleon at Old Manila.
Then, we saw a calesa and this miniature jeepney. This jeepney is super cute, I would have loved to take it home with us. Zuri tried entering the jeepney but she wouldn’t fit! 🙂
We explored the rest of Old Manila and saw some old furniture, old typewriters and a miniature cathedral.
From Old Manila, we proceeded to Kalikasan. Kalikasan has an Under the Sea exhibit, an herbal garden and a rainforest exhibit.
Daddy Rupert and Zuri learned about the plants in the song “Bahay Kubo” with the help of one of the exhibits at Kalikasan as shown below.
Next, we checked out I Love My Planet Earth. Here, Zuri enjoyed some pretend play using the appliances on display.
From I Love My Planet Earth, we went to Global Village and Career Options. Global Village has a considerable collection of dolls wearing costumes from different countries. Career Options features the works of writers and illustrators.
Next, we visited My Body Works. To enter this theme room, Zuri and Daddy Rupert climbed and walked through a giant mouth. We had fun experimenting with the interactive exhibits inside My Body Works. One of our favorites is the one that lets you hear the sound of a sneeze and a fart. So funny! Hihi. 🙂
Lastly, we went to our most favorite part – Pamilihang Bayan. This is our most favorite part of Museo Pambata because it’s so much fun role-playing here.
Our family had a blast at Museo Pambata! The admission fee was so worth it! Before driving home, we explored this helicopter.
Museo Pambata Admission Fee (Includes entrance to all theme rooms):
Children and Adults: PHP 150/head
Museum workers and teachers – FREE
Manila residents with valid ID – FREE on Tuesdays and 50% discount on other days (not applicable for group tours)
Tuesdays – Saturdays 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, closed from 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM
Sundays 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Closed on Mondays and selected official holidays.
Roxas Boulevard cor. South Drive, Manila, Philippines
For more information, visit http://www.museopambata.org/index.html
Visit Museo Pambata this summer – where learning begins and fun never ends! Thanks for reading!:)
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